Super Smarties

Autumn Term Newsletter

Welcome back to a new academic year! 

We hope that you all had a great summer holiday and the children are raring to go and keen to start Year 5.  We are sure that this year will be a positive one filled with lots of learning and fun.  We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Mrs Monk to our class.  Mrs Monk will be training to become a teacher this year and is delighted to be working with the Super Smarties.

We kick start this year, with a new topic based on the Romans – Rome wasn’t built in a day!  We will teach this topic in a cross curricular way and will start by writing our very own gladiator narrative in English.  In fact, we have already began to learn the model text linked with this narrative which will give the children the techniques, language and grammar skills needed to write their very own historical story.  We will also be exploring the effectiveness of the Roman army, Boudicca’s revolt and the growth of the Roman Empire as the term progresses.

To help us develop our reading skills, we would like to ask you to hear your child read for at least 10 minutes, 3 times a week and sign their reading record.  This can be their class book or a book from their Lexiled reading list, which can be found by logging into Reading Pro.  We appreciate your support with this as we know how busy life can be but those extra reading sessions will help your child to achieve their highest potential.  As a reward for reading regularly, each child will be awarded a sticker each week that they read 3 times to an adult (not including this week!).  If they get 12 stickers, then they will achieve the Bronze Reading Medal!  You can do it Super Smarties!

Targets:

Reading

I can actively discuss a wide range of texts, justifying my ideas with evidence.

I can discuss how authors use figurative language.

I can explore the meaning of words in context.

Science

Forces

I can explain what gravity is and its impact on our lives.

I can identify and explain the effect of air resistance.

I can identify and explain the effect of water resistance.

I can identify and explain the effect of friction.

I can explain how levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

I can control variables in an enquiry.

I can use the outcome of test results to make predictions and set up a further comparative fair test.

I can explain a conclusion from an enquiry.

Homework

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Week beginning

 

3.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension worksheet

Spellings

10.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

17.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

24.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

1.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

8.10

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

15.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

22.10

Topic based homework

Spellings

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Your child can then take their spelling book home so that you can see their results but they must have their book back in school every Monday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week. 

Coming soon, will be a copy of the words that children need to spell correctly in Years 5 & 6.  Some of these will be sent home for the spelling tests but you may want to work through them with your child as they will need to use them in their writing during Years 5 and 6.

Water Bottles & PE Kit

Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

This half term, indoor PE will be on a Thursday afternoon and outdoor on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help then please do not hesitate to ask.

Miss Stewart, Miss Ireland, Mrs Lodge and Mrs Monk

Autumn Term Topic Web: Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day!

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